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Thursday Schedule

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Finding and Keeping Gigs

The ability to get gigs, keep them and find new ones. Repertoire – working on a song list that allows you to find new jobs.

Michael Zampiceni

Remembering an Accordion Publishing Icon

Joseph Zampiceni was a noted accordionist, teacher, composer, and arranger and publisher of accordion music. His son, Michael, will present a slide show of Joseph's life and will also play several of his compositions.

Stas Venglevski

How to Develop Your Techniques

Seven different exercises including finger and wrist exercises with demonstration.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Taking the Accordion to the Stage

If singing is a part of what you do, setting up devices that can be very useful and apps that make it so easy. Presentation and repertoire suggested for those intending to play on stage. The Do's and Don'ts of making the best impression on stage.


Liz Finch

Behind the Scenes with Hollywood's Great Composers & Musicians

Stories from many years of working with the best musicians and composers in Hollywood.


11:00 – 11:50

Kim and Dan Christian

Question & Answer

Bring your questions! We will talk about anything you would like from producing a show in Branson, to how to improve technique, to playing a variety of repertoire to get more gigs. You name it. We have close to 80 combined years of teaching, band directing and performance experience. Let us know how we can help you. Bring on the questions!

Mary Tokarski

Everyone’s A Teacher

Each of us is a teacher in some way or another . . . we teach our children, our families, our friends, our co-workers . . . we'll explore the kind of teacher YOU are, and work on ways to apply the skills you already have to help others appreciate music . . . and the accordion!

Liz Finch

Brush Up Your Reading & Writing Skills

A review of notational practices and guidelines for improved reading and writing of music.


12:00 – Lunch

  • Main Entrée - Chef's Salad with Mixed Greens and Deli Meats & Cheeses
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Chef’s Salad with no meats, extra cheese
  • Dessert – Red Velvet Cake

Today's Lunch concert features Pete Barbutti!

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50



Cory Pesaturo

Master Class

Mary Tokarski

Master Class


3:00 – 5:00




Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!


  • Salad – Mixed Green Salad with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Roast Prime Rib of Beef with au jus & horseradish cream sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetables Wellington
  • Potato – Baked Potato with sour cream & whipped butter
  • Vegetables – Baby Carrots & Green Beans
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner begins at 7:00 PM


Tonight's concert features Grayson Masefield, Corky Bennett, and the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra directed by Joan Sommers, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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The 20th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 14 - October 17, 2019


Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

• USA: 1-800-472-1695 •

• Outside USA +01 801-486-1695 •